The International Conference of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers,policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world. STP&A is the oldest and one of the most influential academic gatherings of researchers and practitioners in the field of arts management and cultural policy.

Generally, conference participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to, political science, sociology, economics, law, arts management, arts education, art history, museum studies, cultural studies, education, and policy studies.

It is affiliated with the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society (JAMLS). The Journal has also been the authoritative resource for the field of arts management and cultural policy for more than 40 years.


STP&A Last Ten Years

2015 41st Annual Conference
Arts and Culture: Building Capability and Creating Value
University of South Australia (UniSA Business School, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Asia Pacific Centre for Arts & Cultural Leadership
Adelaide, Australia

2014 40th Annual Conference
Creative nexus: understanding and strengthening the relationship between cultural research and practice
University of Ottawa (School of Political Studies)
Ottawa, Canada

2013 39th Annual Conference
Arts & Culture: Creating Community in a High Tech World
Seattle University (Arts Leadership)
Seattle, U.S.A.

2012 38th Annual Conference
  Our Countries, Our Cultures: Policies, Practices, Perspectives
-  Louisiana State University (Political Science and Public Administration)
-  Baton Rouge, U.S.A.

2011 37th Annual Conference
  Cultural Policy and Arts Management in the 21st Century: Changes and Continuities
-  University of Kentucky (Arts Administration Program)
-  Lexington, U.S.A.

2010 36th Annual Conference
  Cultural Policy: Quo Vadis?
-  George Mason University (Arts Management Program)
-  Fairfax, U.S.A.

2009 35th Annual Conference
  Innovation creativity and change in a glocalised world: new technologies; new audiences; new communities
-  Birkbeck College, University of London
-  London, U.K.

2008 34th Annual Conference
-  University of Baltimore (Schaefer Center for Public Policy)
-  Baltimore, U.S.A.

2007 33rd Annual Conference
  Artists, Activism and Social Change?
  Leadership in, of, and through the Arts?
  Sustaining Cultural industries and Organizations?
  Role of the Arts in Bridging Ethnic, Cultural, and Regional Differences?
  Local and Regional Revitalization through the Arts?
-  New York University
-  New York, U.S.A.

2006 32nd Annual Conference
  Comparative Perspectives on Cultural Policy Change, including policy transfer and policy learning
-  FOKUS (Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies)
-  Vienna, Austria

2005 31st Annual Conference
  Cultural Development
-  University of Oregon (Arts & Administration Program)
-  Eugene, U.S.A.

2004 30th Annual Conference
-  George Mason University (MPA Nonprofit Studies Program)
-  Fairfax, U.S.A.

2003 29th Annual Conference
-  The Ohio State University (Arts Policy and Administration Program)
-  Columbus, U.S.A.